A Playbook to Spark Your Awesomeness
Finally, BIG NEWS!
After 4 years in development, we’re excited to announce that Dream It! has been published by Magination Press “Self-help books for kids and the adults in their lives, written by experts and published by the American Psychological Association.” We feel this is the perfect publisher for the Playbook’s themes of passion, optimistic thinking and social-emotional learning. We couldn’t be more excited. The Dream Playbook has grown bigger than us and we just couldn’t do it alone.
- Our motto is: You are born with creative superpowers. You can be or do or make anything. And all you need to make it happen is — Dream it! Map it! Play it! Repeat after us: Dream it! Map it! Play it!
- A facilitator’s guide for teachers.
- A patient guide for health care providers.
- An Easter Egg hunt for the book.
- More fun pencil and paper games for kids. Maybe even a card game!
- A lot of opportunities to share your dreams.
- And more coming all the time.
And a matching kid-friendly website
Because we believe everything is an adventure and all good adventures start with a dream, in 2018, we published a book to teach kid’s how to dream and how to turn those dreams into reality. “Dream It! A Playbook to Spark Your Awesomeness.” And to help, we launched a matching website — Dreamaplay.com. It has a bunch of free resources, including a facilitator’s guide and more downloadables for kid’s. It was over 4 years in the making and everything was tested in the classroom.
How the book was made
What is more freeing than the act of dreaming?
Kids hold special powers for dreaming because their creative minds have not yet learned about the limitations that culture, social pressure, gender roles and stereotypes place upon them as they become adults. In the Playbook, we set out to harness this amazing moment in time when kids are free to dream and help them develop this most important skill of childhood to build a foundation of passion for their future.
The playbook uses visually stimulating and interactive exercises to tackle dreams from every angle: from conceptual to feeling to playing. It is designed for a variety of learning and teaching styles, and filled with unique emotional exercises to connect students to their passion. If groups want to use the book in a workshop, students have a chance to put these skills to practice and share and collaborate dreams with their classmates.
The playbook is designed for about 4-6th graders (about 8–12 years old), but actually, we think everyone could benefit from these important dream building tools, because this is the first time a subject like this has been taught.
Some of the ethos, logos and pathos behind our playbook includes:
- To inspire the imagination of the “impossible” and thinking outside of the box
- To create the foundation of a life goal and the self-motivation to take action to live that life to the fullest
- To encourage attitudes that are hopeful, open-minded, cooperative and forward thinking
- To provide kids a method and platform to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas
- To provide a tangible way for parents and children to bond over life values and goals
- To inspire your children to be the creators of their own destiny
- To create a memory that will become a cherished family heirloom
- To teach parent’s how to dream. That’s our #1 comment — how much the parents learn, too.
- To facilitate social and emotional learning, particularly in the area of self-awareness
- To provide a useful tool for working with kids in educational and therapeutic disciplines
- To create an experiential learning opportunity to develop basic life skills like: creativity, critical thinking, reading, writing and more
- To provide insight into student’s learning styles and personality
- We are very proud to present this book. It represents a lifetime of dreams in a tangible form.
Benefits per the University of Cincinnati Year-long Study of the Playbook
The Dream Playbook was tested by the University of Cincinnati in a study called “Promoting Optimistic Thinking in YMCA After-School Students.” The book had overwhelmingly positive feedback. Here are a few highlights from this year-long study in 2nd-8th grades:
- Overall, the results of our study suggest that The Dream Playbook is an effective program for teaching socio-emotional skills, increasing optimistic thinking, and is enjoyed by students.
- Students increased in optimistic thinking 22% in the first semester and another 17% in the second semester.
- With 100% of students in our study reporting thinking about their goals and dreaming more, The Dream Playbook may be an effective tool to increase student achievement through increasing dreaming and goal setting.
- Additionally, with 89.5% of children reporting looking forward to each session, The Dream Playbook may contribute to improved school attendance by providing many students with an exciting reason to go to school.
- The influence of the Dream Playbook on optimistic thinking did not depend on grade or gender… or school.
- In addition, the students who participated in this study are ethnically and socioeconomically diverse; this demonstrates the relevance and usefulness of the playbook for a diverse group of children.
- More about working with groups
We believe the Dream Playbook will further help children turn their dreams and goals into a reality.
Here are a few examples from the playbook.
This is one of my favorite graphics that I had worked on years before the Dream Playbook. It shows that every dream has a beginning middle and end. Coincidentally it has ten steps, which is a nice number and easy way for kids to measure their progress. It illustrates the essence of how doubt and fear are essential to any adventure. The trick is harnessing that emotional fuel and turning disadvantages into advantages. Available as a free classroom poster. Click on the image you can download a printer friendly version for your classroom.
The playbook is filled with colorful splashy pages that teach students important concepts about dreams. In this example we are showing passion is the emotional fuel to help create and motivate a dream. This is a visual example, but we also communicate important concepts using a variety of learning styles, like: reading, writing, feeling, seeing, talking, sharing, building, and more.
And the playbook is filled with interactive exercises they can explore in a classroom setting or with friends and family. One of the most popular exercises in the playbook was for students to write each other gift certificates for dreams. Even if you buy a book, you’ll need extras pages for these fun games. Please check back. We hope to make these downloads available soon, but we need to check with the publisher first.
And there is so much more, you’ll just have to see a Dream Playbook for yourself.
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